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Comment: Re:the solution (Score 1) 114

by Stormy Dragon (#49143037) Attached to: Schneier: Everyone Wants You To Have Security, But Not From Them

And the online companies in question probably have deanonymized all those accounts and know exactly who is really behind them

Example: How hard is it to 'de-anonymize' cellphone data?

Researchers at MIT and the Université Catholique de Louvain, in Belgium, analyzed data on 1.5 million cellphone users in a small European country over a span of 15 months and found that just four points of reference, with fairly low spatial and temporal resolution, was enough to uniquely identify 95 percent of them.

Comment: Really? (Score 1) 243

by Stormy Dragon (#49132131) Attached to: The Peculiar Economics of Developing New Antibiotics

"The Peculiar Economics of Developing New Antibiotics"

the number of F.D.A.-approved antibiotics has decreased steadily in the past two decades. Now.Ezekiel J. Emanuel writes at the NYT that the problem with the development of new antibiotics is profitability. "There's no profit in it, and therefore the research has dried up..."

If by "peculiar" you mean "completely expected".

Comment: Consider This Carefully (Score 3, Insightful) 687

Since I will not be around for all of the big events in her life, I am going to create a set of video messages for her that she can watch at those important times or just when she's having a bad day. I would like to do this before my condition progresses to the point that I am visibly ill, so time is short.

A story about a daughter who was the recipient of such letters from her dead mother:

Letter Day Saint

Rebecca was 16 years old when her mother Elizabeth died of cancer. But before she died, she wrote letters to Rebecca, to be given to her on her birthday each year for thirteen years. At first the letters were comforting, but as time went on, they had much more complicated effects.

While I understand the desire to "be there" for you daughter, the painful fact is you will not be. And as the years pass, the less and less likely it's going to be that your imagined future version of your daughter is at all like the actual person your daughter becomes. This is going to create stress as she's now constantly being reminded by your videos of how she's failed to live up to your dreams.

Comment: Does This Ban Actually Do Anything? (Score 1) 318

This group wants a ban on using "killer robots" because it fears they may do things (e.g. killing civilians) that are already banned. If you can't enforce the old "no killing civilians" ban, why would you be any more able to enforce the new "no killer robots" ban?

Comment: Dark Side (Score 4, Insightful) 65

by Stormy Dragon (#49091987) Attached to: Does Open Data Have a Dark Side?

Open data can create a new kind of digital divide, between those who have the ability and skill to use such data and those who don’t, putting the latter at a disadvantage.

It has come to our attention some people out there have taken to learning things, which puts the stupid and the lazy at a severe disadvantage. We need to regulate this now, to make sure that everyone in this country is equally misinformed and ignorant!

Comment: Re:This has been going on for a while (Score 2) 232

by Stormy Dragon (#49050015) Attached to: Iowa Wants To Let You Carry Your Driver's License On Your Phone

Last time I got pulled over, the cop came up and said "Sorry, I misread your license plate, you can go" and then went back to his car. While I was glad it ended quickly, I'm left to wonder why he was running the plates of cars that weren't violating traffic laws and supect that the cruiser has some sort of camera system that's reading the plate of every single car that passes him and recording it in a database.

You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred. -- Superchicken